The Conspiracy of Goodness Podcast is designed to give you more joy, less fear, and no end to the evidence that a bright future is possible. Each episode, we help you make sense of the world by introducing you to people tackling some of the world’s most difficult problems and show you why they still think the future is bright.
Today’s episode is with Mark Redmond, a thought leader already in his 39th year of supporting young people from very tough circumstances to succeed despite the odds. He is Executive Director at Spectrum Youth and Family Services, a non-profit organization helping youth aged 12-26 and their families turn their lives around.
Let’s dive into Mark’s story and be inspired on how he ensures that no children will be left behind.
I often say Thought Leaders provide out of the box solutions to everyday problems. Today’s thought leader, Kenton Lee, is a speaker and the Founder of Because International, an organization that provides growing shoes to children in need. After traveling to Nairobi, working at a small orphanage, he saw a child with ill-fitting shoes and cuts on her feet. He used his innovative mind to ask the question, what if there was a shoe that could adjust and expand its size? Thus, Because International was born with the mission to help those in need, and what started as a small business began a worldwide movement.
Everybody has their own unique gift to offer within art and creativity. Today’s thought leader, Marco Santini, does it wonderfully. Marco is an award-winning NYC-based artist, fashion designer, photographer, and inventor who draws inspiration from inclusion, positivity, and language. He is passionate about the relationship between communication, expression, and imagery and how they can combine to create something new and beautiful, and his unique style is easily recognizable and expressed through many different mediums.
One thing Thought Leaders have in common, is that they combine unlikely things to create change. Today’s thought leader Hope Zvara is a perfect example. Hope is the CEO and Co-founder of Mother Trucker Yoga and the creator of STIFF Mother Trucker Pain Relief Cream. She’s also the host of the Daily Dose of Hope Podcast. Hope lives with one simple calling in mind: “help others live the best damn life possible,” which she does by sharing her dynamic story, vibrant personality, and expertise in yoga. Hope created Mother Trucker Yoga to combat the effects of prolonged sitting, limited movement, broken sleep patterns, and heightened stress of an essential group of workers.
Each day is absolutely wasted if you are not living each one radiantly alive. These are words from thought leader, Dr. Srikumar Rao, a world-renowned happiness guru and Founder and CEO of The Rao Institute which is dedicated to helping individuals live lives of extraordinary accomplishment and deep fulfillment. Dr. Srikumar is excellent at helping successful people make a quantum leap in their life to better relationships, work, and remove stress by becoming comfortable with ambiguity.
As divided as we may be, you only have to look up and realize we are united under one sky. This is the passionate message of today’s thought leader Maryliz Bender, a space journalist who Co-Founded Cosmic Perspective. C.P. is a group of storytellers building a movement to share the transformational power of the cosmos through film, photography, VR, and journalism, to unite and inspire awe and wonder.
What if I told you that you don’t need eyes to see? Today’s thought leader is the ‘real-life-Batman’ Daniel Kish. Daniel is an expert in human echolocation and President of World Access for the Blind and one of the world’s foremost inspirational speakers. Blind since he was 13 months old, Daniel has learned to “see” using a form of echolocation.
Today’s thought leader is Ben Conard, founder of Five North Chocolate, a healthy chocolate snack company empowering farmers and celebrating diversity by committing to fair-trade. Ben has been named one of the Top 10 Biggest Fair Trade Advocates in the World and 40 LGBT Leaders Under 40. Ben is passionate about making an impact in the way people buy and how companies produce.
Today’s episode is with the retired principal, book author, and thought leader, Linda Cliatt Wayman. Linda Cliatt-Wayman is a renowned education leader with an unwavering belief in the potential of all children. She uses her decades of experience to move educational leaders from knowledge to practice in ways that are transformative for children through on-site leadership development series, convenings, and keynote addresses.